Guiseppe “Bepi” Zamberlan and his family have painstakingly perfected the hiking boot over the past 80 years. At first blush the 996 Vioz GT seems simple…brown leather, rubber, and laced up the front. What brings Zamberlan to the next level from other outdoor boot manufacturers is the synergy of components and engineering poured into their work.
From the durable Vibram soles with amazing purchase to the Gortex lining behind premium full-grain Hydrobloc Italian leather the Vioz GT brings the high-tech to a classic veneer. This highly prized piece of gear in the climbing community is not only a perfect addition to your outdoor equipment list but so comfortable (speaking from personal experience) you’ll find yourself around town with them strapped to your feet!
Some of the details of the 996 Vioz include a Active-Carbon Anatomic Footbed which is specially fitted to the Zamberlan boot and to the anatomy of the foot. Hydrobloc is another key aspect of Zamberlan technology. The uppers are constructed of “best quality leathers, tanned following a special treatment that enhances the water-repellence, resistance and durability.”
While in the backcountry you are only as capable as your feet. Comfortable feet means healthy feet, happy hikers, and a better experience. The Vibram sole used in the Vioz GT and all Zamberlan boots are designed to flex midsole where your foot naturally flexes. This reduces fatigue, cramping, and potential injury from poor fitting footwear. After wearing the 996 Vioz GT and practically smearing up rock faces in the White Mountains of New Hampshire it’s safe to say these are the sickest boots I’ve ever worn.